None of Pearl's books is great literature, but this latest attempt is downright embarrassing. The writing is dull, tedious and banal. And the reader is less than compelling. I find the book a waste of time and a sad waste of a good Audible credit!
I've only listened to two of this series, but while I find the premise rather silly, I'm pretty sure that's the point. This tongue-in-cheek treatment of the mystery genre with plenty of wise-guy comments worthy of comparison with Archie Goodwin, my all time favorite wise-guy, is fun. Period.
Long ago I read the first couple books in this series and found them to be relatively amusing and diverting - a welcome contrast to much of the fiction available. This book, which I admit I stopped after only a chapter or two, seems about at the level of a cat mystery - and a badly written cat mystery at that. The dialogue and the characters, who seem much closer to caricatures, are insultingly banal. And the reader is just as bad - excruciating to listen to.
Having read a couple reviews of the this book, I decided to try it on Audible, hoping it would, as is often the case, be even better and more interesting if read by someone with appropriate accents and intonations. And I did try to tolerate the reader, in hopes that improvement was on the way. But after about 2 hours of listening while awake, tolerate it I no longer could. Maybe it's just me, but this person's reading does not work.
My favorite books are filled with the kind of historical detail found in this one. Louise Penny may well have written a fascinating story, but I will never know - this tediously read book will be deleted from my library.
Even if meant as a spoof, this book fails miserably. Dialogue, "characters" and plot are all so tedious and poorly written, one wonders if the writer could possibly have been serious. Even the performance was bad.
Sad waste of a credit.
Fascinating information on poisons; scary incites into our history and culture in the context of corporate irresponsibility and government hesitation to act. The reader damaged the experience with overwrought attempts at foreign accents and obvious mispronunciations of scientific terms. I really wish there were technically savvy proof-listeners for audio as there are proof readers for the written word.
Laura Lippman's novel was good, really good, and had I not been driving, I would have read it on the page. But the reader took it to a 5. Linda Emond was perfect; she was interesting, had good variation in the voices and, remarkably, did not feel the need to overact. And she knows how to pronounce English words, something many professional narrators seem singularly unable to do. I'll be buying the book to read for myself, and will be actively searching for more narrations by Linda Emond.
Briefly, not worth the time to download it - writing, dialogue trite and boring. Dunne should have hit the delete button on this one; I couldn't even finish the first half.
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